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Ohio Republican Senate showdown: ‘Cold War’ with China highlighted in latest big publicity blitz

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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Dolan is targeting China and President Biden as he launches his first publicity blitz in his campaign for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio – a massive seven-figure buy.

“We are in a Cold War, this time with China,” the state senator from suburban Cleveland told the camera in his campaign ad, which was first shared with Fox News on Tuesday. “And it’s not just fought in the factories because China wants to dominate the world economically and militarily.”

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“Washington caused this, and Joe Biden’s weakness makes it even worse,” Dolan charged in his announcement. “My priority in the US Senate is to defeat communist China by bringing back our jobs and renewing our strength in the world. Our economic and national security depends on it.”

Dolan’s campaign says the spot will air statewide on broadcast and cable TV as well as digitally, and is supported by an initial ad buy of $1.7 million.

“The Biden administration’s failures have spurred crisis after crisis and projected weakness onto the world stage,” Dolan explained in a statement to Fox News.

And he stressed that “addressing the ever-evolving national security challenges posed by China requires new leadership focused on driving investment in our economy, creating jobs, innovation and building the alliances we we haven’t seen since the height of our conflict with the Soviet Union”.

Talk of taking a heavy-handed approach to U.S.-China relations and limiting Beijing’s influence is a message most Republican voters want to hear, and many GOP candidates running in the 2022 cycle are shining a light on the issue.

Dolan, a longtime state lawmaker whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians, which until last year had been known for more than a century as the Cleveland Indians. He is one of 11 GOP candidates running in the 2022 race to succeed retired Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, which is one of the GOP’s most crowded and most crowded Senate primaries. explosives of the country.

Ohio State Senator Matt Dolan, who is running for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in Ohio, campaigns in Independence, Ohio on December 1, 2021.

The estate also includes former Ohio Treasurer and former two-time Senate candidate Josh Mandel; former Ohio GOP chair Jane Timken; venture capitalist and best-selling author JD Vance, Cleveland businessman and luxury car dealership giant Bernie Moreno; and Mike Gibbons, 2018 Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker.

And in a primary race where almost all of the main contenders have a lot of personal wealth, Dolan becomes the latest to spend big on running ads.

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Gibbons announced last summer that it would pay $10 million to run ads in the May primary. Moreno spent $4 million in early December to launch a six-week ad buy, with Timken spending about $1.7 million. Mandel has spent a whopping $28,000 on ads, while Vance has yet to spend any money on airing spots. But outside groups supporting Mandel and Vance ran ads.

Mike Gibbons, Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, speaks to supporters as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looks on during a campaign rally in Maineville, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.

Mike Gibbons, Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate, speaks to supporters as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looks on during a campaign rally in Maineville, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

The winner of next year’s Republican primary could face longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of northeast Ohio. Ryan, who declared his candidacy for the Senate in April, is seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in a primary field that is expected to be much smaller than the GOP’s big slate of candidates. Progressive Morgan Harper, a former senior adviser to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 2020 congressional candidate, announced her candidacy earlier this summer.

The US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, but the Democrats hold a very narrow majority due to the deciding vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, who is President of the Senate. That means the GOP only needs a one-seat pickup to win back a majority.

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But Republicans are defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022. Besides Ohio, the GOP is also defending open seats in major battlegrounds in North Carolina and Pennsylvania as well as Missouri and Alabama.

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